Do you have a client who just can’t seem to maintain a healthy weight? Tell him to toss the tube. Researchers have found that people who lose weight and keep it off have fewer household televisions. A report published in the October issue of Annals of Behavioral Medicine (published online October 22, 2009; doi.10.1007/s12160-009-9135-2) offered insights into the “habits” of successful “losers.” The researchers sifted through surveys of 167 people throughout the United States who had maintained at least a 10% body fat loss for 5 years.
Weight loss is not just for
the real world anymore. According to a recent study, individuals who create a
slim virtual version of
themselves—known as an avatar—in the virtual world Second Life (SL) may become more physically fit. Published in the August issue of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (2009; 2 , 3–11), the study suggests that individuals with physically active avatars were more likely to participate in healthier behaviors than those whose avatars were not physically active.
The recent American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) position stand on physical activity intervention strategies for weight loss reflects an update from the previous guidelines, synthesizing all published data–based research from 1999 to the beginning of 2009.
Whether you enjoy watching The Biggest Loser or you find it offensive, you have to admit that this primetime TV program has been effective in showcasing health and fitness to millions of people around the world. Last month, IDEA published “Weighing in on The Biggest Loser,” an in-depth feature story on the topic.
Fitness professionals often suggest to clients that a benefit of exercise is its capacity to boost metabolic function. A recent study, however, has put that suggestion to task. According to research published in the April issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (2009; 37 , 93–101), the assertion that an exerciser burns fat up to 24 hours after a workout may not be completely accurate.
I saw the [item] about United charging extra for fat people (July–August “Making News,” p. 13). I think it’s terrific. Have you ever sat between two obese people? It’s rather gross and uncomfortable. If I pay for one whole seat, I expect to have full use of the whole seat. Not a portion of it—otherwise I should get a discount. Absolutely. Fat people should pay more. I am sure they pay more when they eat more. Just like we all pay more for larger housing lots.
Because pregnant women are “eating for two,” it’s easy to lose track of or
ignore weight gained during gestation. Not a good idea. For the first time
since 1990, the government has weighed in with new guidelines on how
many pounds women should gain during pregnancy. This is in line with previous studies that have determined that babies born to overweight mothers are at greater risk of premature delivery; these infants are also more likely to become overweight or obese as they grow up.
In early May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to immediately cease using Hydroxycut®, a popular weight loss supplement linked to serious liver damage and at least one reported death.
Shortly after, the manufacturer, Iovate Health Sciences, denied that the fatality was caused by the supplement but voluntarily
recalled 14 different Hydroxycut products.